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Genome. 2000 Aug;43(4):619-27.

Identification of self-incompatibility (S-) locus linked pollen cDNA markers in Petunia inflata.

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Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Pennsylvania State University, University Park 16802, USA.


Solanaceous type self-incompatibility (SI) is controlled by a single polymorphic locus, termed the S-locus. The only gene at the S-locus that has been characterized thus far is the S-RNase gene, which controls pistil function, but not pollen function, in SI interactions between pistil and pollen. One approach to identifying additional genes (including the pollen S-gene, which controls pollen function in SI) at the S-locus and to study the structural organization of the S-locus is chromosome walking from the S-RNase gene. However, the presence of highly repetitive sequences in its flanking regions has made this approach difficult so far. Here, we used RNA differential display to identify pollen cDNAs of Petunia inflata, a self-incompatible solanaceous species, which exhibited restriction fragment length polymorphism (RFLP) for at least one of the three S-haplotypes (S1, S2, and S3) examined. We found that the genes corresponding to 10 groups of pollen cDNAs are genetically tightly linked to the S-RNase gene. These cDNA markers will expedite the mapping and cloning of the chromosomal region of the Solanaceae S-locus by providing multiple starting points.

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